Department of Electronics

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Welcome to the Department of Electronics. We are one of the UK's leading departments in Electronic Engineering.

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We offer a range of rewarding taught MSc programmes including the new MSc in Nanoscale VLSI Design.‌

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See available PhD research projects and studentships or browse the Department's research portfolio and publications database.

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Read about the careers of recent graduates from the Department of Electronics at York. Or see what current students think of our undergraduate programmes.


Welcome to the Department of Electronics, a department dedicated to world-leading research and teaching in Electronic Engineering. Our research groups play significant roles on the national and international stage, collaborating with major industries and securing funding from research councils. In the latest REF assessment, 87% of our work was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent. With respect to our teaching, in the most recent NSS survey in 2015 we were rated in the top 10 for overall quality and in the top three for teaching quality, an achievement of which we are very proud. We offer a wide range of degree programmes specifically designed to educate you to be a world class engineer and maximise your full potential. 

Prof. Jon Timmis
Head of Department



Natural Solutions to Electronic Systems Design Problems

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Dr Martin Trefzer, University of York


Electronics and Technology in Agriculture - the Next Farming Revolution?

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Dr David Chesmore, University of York


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Graduate Profiles

Read about the careers of recent graduates from the Department of Electronics at York. Or see what current students think of our undergraduate programmes.

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Supporting Women in Engineering


The Department of Electronics holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Find out more about the Department's work in this area on our Women in Engineering pages.

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PhDs and Research


Researchers at the University of York have developed a new sensor that is capable of detecting multiple proteins and enzymes in a small volume of blood, which could significantly speed up diagnostic healthcare processes.

Posted on Monday 19 September 2016

Currently tests to detect the presence of infection or disease require a sample of blood from a patient, which is later analysed in a laboratory to detect markers of disease. The presence of particular proteins can give an indication of a health condition and the best course of treatment, but only one type of protein can be identified per sample.

Best Student Paper Award at EMC Europe.

Posted on Monday 27 June 2016

PhD student Sarah Parker was awarded the Best Student Paper at the EMC Europe conference in Wroclaw. Sarah is sponsored by York EMC Services and works in the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory team developing new electromagnetic shielding measurement techniques in collaboration with HUAWEI Technologies. Shown alongside Sarah are her supervisors Dr John Dawson and Prof Andy Marvin, the CEO of York EMC Services Mr Nick Wainwright and one of our HUAWEI collaborators and co-author Dr Ming Ye.

Prof Jon Timmis gave an invited tutorial at the 15th International Conference on Unconventional and Natural Computing Conference in Manchester.

Posted on Monday 27 June 2016

Prof Timmis' tutorial was on swarm robotics and covered topics such as designing emergent swarm behaviour, distributed control and the use of evolutionary algorithms to automatically design emergent behaviours in swarms.